Doyle Lee Brimberry
April 13, 1922 – January 29, 2014
Doyle Lee Brimberry, a Korean War veteran who earned the rank of Major in the United States Marine Corp, died on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in Oklahoma City. He was 91. Known to his family and friends as “Brim,” he was a pilot who completed 77 missions during the Korean War, and his efforts were recognized with a number of war medals for his distinguished service for his country.
He was born on Apr. 13, 1922 in Grapeland, Texas to the late Stanley and Vallie (Dubose) Brimberry and raised in Dallas during the Great Depression, which shaped his dedication to both his work and his family. He graduated from Crozier Technical High School in Dallas in 1939 as an officer in the ROTC, and joined the Navy as a Lieutenant before transferring to the Marine Corp as an instrument flight instructor. He married Shirley Francis Lynn in South Texas while he was stationed in Corpus Christi. He served in both World War II and the Korean War.
After the Korean War, he became a flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla. Once he completed his military service, Mr. Brimberry worked as an air traffic controller in both Memphis and Oklahoma City. Later he worked as a home builder and business leader in the greater Oklahoma City area, where he ran two successful businesses, B & C Carpet in Del City, Okla. and Sunbelt Distributing in Oklahoma City. He also was a 32nd degree Mason.
His parents and sister, Joy Brimberry Forrest, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, their son and daughter-in-law, Doyle and Janet Brimberry of Oklahoma City; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Jerry Cline of Plano, Texas; grandchildren: Dawn Brimberry Kahle (Dan Kahle) of Dallas, Daren Brimberry (Christie Brimberry) of North Richland Hills, Texas and Kyle Brimberry of Oklahoma City; as well as eight great-grandchildren. A remembrance service was held at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas on Friday, Jan. 30, 2014.
- Visitation Thursday, January 30, 2014
- Graveside Service Friday, January 31, 2014
Doyle Lee Brimberry
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February 3, 2014
Brim was a very special man, he was my mentor and friend. It is an honor to have known and worked for Brim. I will miss him in life. May you soar with the angels my friend.